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Daily Blogs for 5/2007

by Christopher Chantrill

What is "Price Gouging?" | 05/31/07
 You’d expect ...

Why We Don't Take Comedy Seriously | 05/30/07
 Back in the good old days of Greek drama, the arts were properly balanced between ...

Iran Tottering on the Edge | 05/30/07
 How bad are things in Iran?  It’s hard to know.  Our international ...

We Are All in It Together, Clinton Says: | 05/29/07
 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says that the Bush “ownership ...

GOP Tide in Full Ebb | 05/29/07
 Don’t look now, writes ...

Marriage in America: It's a Class Thing | 05/28/07
 As the June wedding season swings ...

Down the Memory Hole | 05/28/07
 Last fall ...

Peggy Noonan Against Senate Bill | 05/25/07
 It’s one thing for your normal right-wing knuckle-dragging yahoos like you and me ...

Evangelicals Enter Establishment | 05/25/07
 Lberal religion reporter ...

Immigration Numbers | 05/24/07
 Supply-sider ...

"Hook-up" Culture: Girls Still Confused | 05/23/07
 You can see what a job that feminists have done on our young college women.  When ...

The Unenforced Immigration Laws | 05/23/07
 No doubt, as our political leaders insist, there is a major immigration problem that ...

Committing Politics in Britain | 05/22/07
 Here in the United States our leaders are busy rushing a immigration amnesty bill to ...

The Immigration Bill and the Big Picture | 05/21/07
  It is, as  writes, an outrage when the governing classes try to rush a ...

How Much Does the Elite Know? | 05/21/07
 The great presumption of the twentieth century was that an educated elite capable of ...

Who Needs School Anyway? | 05/18/07
 Pity poor Marilee Jones, formerly Dean of Admissions at Massachusetts Institute of ...

Dems Can't Break the Habit | 05/18/07
 Despite their promise of moderation and transparency last November the Democrats ...

Iraq: After the Americans Leave | 05/17/07
 Conservatives think that when the United States leaves Iraq that all hell will break ...

Who Defeated the Soviet Union? | 05/17/07
 In hindsight, everyone knew that the Soviet Union was bound to collapse.  ...

Jerry Falwell and Enthusiastic Christianity | 05/16/07
 What are we to say about Jerry Falwell, the fundamentalist Christian pastor who ...

Entrepreneurs and Media Dinosaurs | 05/15/07
 Talk-show host Hugh Hewitt is proabably as good and energetic an interviewer as ...

Riling Up the Republican Base | 05/15/07
 The art of politics is to divide up the electorate neatly into 51-49, with 51 percent ...

Let's Throw Good Money After Bad | 05/14/07
 Yes.  Give us a billion here and a billion there and we could really solve the ...

Traditional values down, but not out | 05/14/07
 Some political actors believe that the Democratic capture of Congress in 2006 ...

Global Guerrillas for Breakfast | 05/11/07
 Alerted by the trend-spotting Instapundit to ...

Married Mothers Day | 05/11/07
 Why is it that liberals have made a world with their welfare state in which single ...

A Decade of Blair | 05/10/07
 First the good news.  The ten years of Tony Blair have been the most successful ...

Iran and the Chimera of "Self-Sufficiency" | 05/09/07
 Ever since the dawn of the modern age movements have erupted again and again calling ...

For Dionne It's All About Compulsion | 05/08/07
 Things don’t look too good out there for people like us, writes ...

Democrats Still Opposed to Missile Defense | 05/08/07
 For forty years after World War II the defenses of the United States were aligned to ...

Netroots: On Chait in TNR | 05/07/07
 Here is how the netroots experience their birth in the aftermath of the contested 2000 ...

Center-right Sarkozy Wins In France | 05/07/07
 Because the left has liked to represent Nicolas Sarkozy, the next president of France ...

Don't Frighten the Horses | 05/05/07
 Analyzing the British local elections of last ...

Tories Advance in Brit Local Elections | 05/04/07
 Britain’s Conservative Party oustripped forecasts of 600-700 by gaining over 875 ...

After the Debate: Romney | 05/04/07
 You could say that the reason I’m a Romney guy is because of the ...

The Heart of the Education Problem | 05/03/07
 In Britland they have recently discovered that social mobility is going down not ...

"Make No Mistake" | 05/02/07
 After President Bush vetoed the Democrats’ emergency war funding bill everyone ...

GM to Advertise on Limbaugh Show | 05/02/07
 This year on August 1 talk radio will be 19 years old.  It started with Rush ...

Romney: You Make the Call | 05/01/07
 The AP recently reported that Mitt Romney didn’t think it was that important to ...

"Eurostar Generation" Threatens Euro Social Model | 05/01/07
 They call them the “Eurostar Generation.”  They are the young French ...

 TAGS


What Liberals Think About Conservatives

[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. “Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists,” she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican


Racial Discrimination

[T]he way “to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,” Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District


Liberal Coercion

[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State


Taking Responsibility

[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050


Responsible Self

[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.


Churches

[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm


Sacrifice

[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values


Pentecostalism

Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization


Conservatism's Holy Grail

What distinguishes true Conservatism from the rest, and from the Blair project, is the belief in more personal freedom and more market freedom, along with less state intervention... The true Third Way is the Holy Grail of Tory politics today - compassion and community without compulsion.
Minette Marrin, The Daily Telegraph


Moral Imperatives of Modern Culture

These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self


Drang nach Osten

There was nothing new about the Frankish drive to the east... [let] us recall that the continuance of their rule depended upon regular, successful, predatory warfare.
Richard Fletcher, The Barbarian Conversion


Government Expenditure

The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America


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